Seniors

Canine Fitness Equipment: Water Treadmill

Canine Fitness Equipment: Water Treadmill

Many years ago, when I was recovering from a strained Achilles tendon, my physical therapist had me use their water treadmill as part of my return to walking and running.  This was an interesting experience for me.  Although it didn’t quite feel like real running, I could tell that my muscles were b... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 3

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 3

Today is the third part of a five-part series on things people don’t know about canine fitness.  You can read the first two installments here: part 1 and here: part 2.     Senior dogs need exercise Just because a dog reaches their senior years, doesn’t mean that they should stop exercising... »

Thankful for Having Dogs as Workout Partners

Thankful for Having Dogs as Workout Partners

Given that it is Thanksgiving week, I thought it would be appropriate to share some fitness related thanks in recognition of how lucky I am to have been able to exercise a lot the past year with our 2 great rescue dogs, Jack and Maggie.   Jack and Maggie are both senior Labradors of around 11-1... »

Special Care for your Senior Pets

Special Care for your Senior Pets

We have had nothing but senior pets in our family since we adopted Becca in 2009. Tino was already eleven when we adopted her after our Sally passed at age 12 and Becca was 8 at the time. Jack and Maggie were both around 8 when we adopted them too, so we have lots of experience in caring for senior ... »

Changes to our Routine: Casual Walking

Changes to our Routine: Casual Walking

Since Maggie was diagnosed with OSA, we’ve been adjusting our exercise routine with her. We’ve stopped running with her and reduced the length and speed of her daily walks. Jack has benefited from our reduced routine since his age is starting to show and he doesn’t really need to r... »

Senior Dog Food: Protein, Fat, and Carbs

Senior Dog Food: Protein, Fat, and Carbs

Last week, I discussed one of the longstanding myths that says that senior dogs should be fed a lower protein food. Although this approach was recognized as viable for many years, more recent research supports the notion that older dogs in fact, require higher amounts of protein, not lower amounts. ... »

Feeding a Senior Dog: Do Older Dogs need Less Protein?

Feeding a Senior Dog: Do Older Dogs need Less Protein?

Over the years, there has been a lot of confusion, or at least uncertainty, about proper diets for senior dogs.   In a 2011 study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, researchers polled more than 1,300 people online about their perceptions about senior foods. According ... »

Tips for Exercising Senior Dogs

Tips for Exercising Senior Dogs

Like humans, as dogs age and enter their senior years, they will generally lose athleticism and muscle tone and their bodies will take longer to recover from vigorous exercise. However, aging is really no excuse for becoming a couch potato, whether it is you or your dog. Unfortunately, far too many ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pneumonia

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pneumonia

SlimDoggy cousin, Taj just recovered from a very serious bout of pneumonia and we wanted to share her experience as a cautionary tale as part of our SlimDoggy Health Check Series.   A little background. Taj is a 12-year old Weimaraner. She was a hunting dog and hunted for many years until her r... »

Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis in Dogs

As Jack & Maggie get older, we are on the lookout for signs of arthritis in their joints. We don’t know if they were active in their previous lives, but for the last few years with us, they both get a lot of exercise in the form of walking, running and additional strengthening exercises. ... »

Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell

Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell

Old Dog Haven…sounds appropriate to write about this place during Senior Dog Month doesn’t it? But what is Old Dog Haven? Well, it’s a special place located in Washington state that lives up to it’s name, it’s a truly haven for old dogs.   A few weeks ago, I was co... »

Senior Pet Resources

Senior Pet Resources

November is Senior Pet Adoption Month. We love our two seniors Jack & Maggie and love to help promote senior adoption as much as we can. Taking care of a senior dog and ensuring their health and fitness does require a little extra diligence. This month, in honor of senior pet month, we plan to ... »

SlimDoggy Jack and Maggie

Five Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and November is Senior Dog Month, so I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about adopting a senior dog. Our two dogs, Jack & Maggie were both adopted and they are both seniors, so we kill two birds with one stone! When we adopted our first senior, Becc... »

Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs

Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs

Today we are joining the Caring for Critters Round Robin. Yesterday’s entry from Rescued Insanity was some great advice on being prepared for a sudden illness or injury. Tomorrow, be sure and visit I Still Want More Puppies for a post on kidney disease.   We are sharing our experience wit... »

Can my Senior Dog get Alzheimer’s?

Can my Senior Dog get Alzheimer’s?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they can. The disorder, called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) in dogs is very similar to the human Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study at the University of Sydney showed that by age 15, over 40% of dogs display at least some of these symptoms.   Sympt... »

The Things We Do for our Dogs

The Things We Do for our Dogs

I was looking for a photo for Wordless Wednesday the other day and came upon this picture of Jack that I took awhile ago and haven’t used yet. He’s walking down a ramp we built off our back deck that goes down into the back yard. We built this ramp – actually it’s the second ... »

Running with your Dog.  Keeping your Mind Sharp

Running with your Dog. Keeping your Mind Sharp

Hello. My name is Steve and my dog’s name is Jack. We are run-a-holics.   Pardon the humor, although there is a lot of truth to the above. The fact is that my dogs (all of them that I have ever had) and I love to run and for that matter, exercise intensely. The feeling that I get, and that I be... »

A Guide to Helping Your Older Dog Live a Longer Life

A Guide to Helping Your Older Dog Live a Longer Life

Do you have senior dog? Helping them live a longer life is a priority. We’ve had five seniors in our life in recent years and have learned much about keeping them happy and healthy as long as we can. We share some tips in our eHow video.   A Complete Guide to Helping Your Older Dog Live a... »

Tale of Tails: Tino – Final Chapter

Tale of Tails: Tino – Final Chapter

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. Author: Unknown Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. Author: Omar Bradley The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your re... »

PetsMove Senior Winners!

PetsMove Senior Winners!

We are happy to announce our Senior Month WINNERS at PetsMove: Nellie Katie Cricket! (Cricket tied with Jack, but he’s not eligible 😉 ) Congratulations to the winners, you all MOVED a lot this month with Nellie topping the group with 182 PAWS, Katie accumulating 162 PAWS and Cricket pulling in... »

More Senior Mischief

More Senior Mischief

In honor of Senior Pets Month, I’m writing my mischief posts on my senior dogs. Our most senior dog was Sally or Sweet Sally Brown.  Even though she’s no longer with us, she was the dog we had first and the one we had the longest. We’ve written about Sally in the past here and here... »

Senior Fit Tips

Senior Fit Tips

We have a new infographic to introduce today specifically for our seniors in honor of Senior Pet Month. Please spread the word about these tips and add your own thoughts and advice in our comments. »

Family Mischief – Senior Stories

Family Mischief – Senior Stories

In honor of Senior Pets Month, I want to tell a few senior stories over the next couple of weeks. We write about our seniors Jack & Maggie all the time, so today I thought I would write about my sister’s senior, Taj. My younger sister shares my love of dogs. I’ve written about her do... »

PetsMove Senior Update

PetsMove Senior Update

We are half-way through Senior Pet Month and our Seniors over at PetsMove are doing a great job of showing up those youngsters. Two of our seniors, Katie & Wilson are consistently in the regular LeaderBoard as well as leaders on the Senior Board. Wilson suffered a slight injury this past week, s... »

PetsMove News: Senior Pet Month

PetsMove News: Senior Pet Month

  November is Senior Pet Month and in honor of our Seniors, we will be holding special senior contests and posting a special senior tribute in our Featured Dogs slide show. If you have a senior dog and want to be eligible for the senior contests and have your dog added to our slide show on the ... »

Black & White Sunday 9-22-13

Black & White Sunday 9-22-13

This is a photo of our sweet Becca sleeping peacefully in her bed. We’re joining Black & White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner My Life in Blog Years Dachshund Nola   »

SlimDoggy MythBuster #4 – Dog’s Aging

SlimDoggy MythBuster #4 – Dog’s Aging

Today’s mythbusting is about dog’s aging. We all know dog’s life expectancy is much shorter than humans, so they age much faster.  And we’ve probably all heard that one year in human aging is equivalent to 7 years in dog aging. That’s pretty fast and…not all that ... »

Monday Mischief – Senior Style

Monday Mischief – Senior Style

August was designated Senior Pet Awareness Month by BlogPaws. We appreciate the special honor and treatment for seniors as the older guys are very dear to us – to most of us I think.  We have written several posts about seniors this month including: Exercise Tips for Senior Dogs Exercise Alter... »

Geocaching FitDog!

Geocaching FitDog!

Hi, SlimDoggy Jack here. Today for FitDog Friday, we decided to get out and take part in this geocaching craze and join our friends Gizmo and Finn & Charley for GeoDog Day! What is geocaching? Gizmo and Finn & Charley talk about it all the time on their blogs, but basically it’s kind o... »

Happy BarkDay Sugar!

Happy BarkDay Sugar!

Happy 12th BarkDay to our friend Sugar! From SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie May   Join the BarkDay Blog Hop:     »

Exercise Alternatives for Senior Dogs

Exercise Alternatives for Senior Dogs

Last week we provided some general tips on exercising your senior dog.  This week we are going to provide some specific exercises that you can do with your senior dog to ensure that their muscles are worked in a balanced fashion.  In fact, these exercises can be used with dogs of any age, not just s... »

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6 Exercise Tips for Senior Dogs

  Welcome to another FitDog Friday post on canine fitness.  This week, we begin our two-part series on Fitness Tips for senior Dogs.  As you may know, we are big fans of senior dogs—our last three adoptions have been dogs eight years of age or older. This week seemed like the perfect time to wr... »

Jack & Maggie’s Birthday

Jack & Maggie’s Birthday

If you read our blog, you know that our two dogs, SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie are rescues. We rescued Jack in 2011 and Maggie in 2012 when our dog’s Tino and Becca passed. Since they are both rescues we’re not really sure of their birthdays. Jack was found wandering in the mountains abov... »

Blog the Change for Seniors

Blog the Change for Seniors

Today is “Blog the Change for Animals” day a special event sponsored by Be The Change 4 Animals. It’s a day when pet bloggers & pet lovers come together and blog about animal causes that are near & dear to them in an effort to raise awareness and support for their cause. We... »

Black & White Sunday 6-30-13

Black & White Sunday 6-30-13

Here’s a picture of our Becca getting laser treatment for her fused spine…and very arthritic paws. You can see in the picture how larger her paws are – it’s from her days as a service dog. You can read more about Becca in our Tale of Tails series on her.   We’re jo... »

Tale of Tails: Sweet Sally Brown

Tale of Tails: Sweet Sally Brown

I don’t write about our Sally too often. Not sure why, but I tend to think about her a lot this time of year as we lost Sally four years ago on Memorial Day weekend. It was pretty devastating for both of us. Actually, that’s probably why I don’t write about her much, I still miss h... »

Tale of Tails: Clifford Part 2

Tale of Tails: Clifford Part 2

Part 2 of the touching story submitted by our reader Tina F. about the love of her dog Clifford and their fight with cancer. February 11, 2013   This was Clifford’s last day with us.  The vet was coming at 7:00 this night. This day he awoke feeling a bit brighter than he had.  I thought possibly it ... »

5 Tips on Caring for your Senior Pet

5 Tips on Caring for your Senior Pet

We have had only ‘senior’ dogs in our household since our first pup, Sally Brown turned 8 in 2003 – so that’s almost 10 years ago. Our next dog Tino was only a year younger than Sally and then we adopted Becca at age 9, Jack at age 8 and Maggie, also age 8.  So for ten years,... »

Exercise as Magic, Part 2-  Working with Danny

Exercise as Magic, Part 2- Working with Danny

In our last post, we introduced you to Danny and Angel, two foster dogs who we recently met through our volunteer exercise and weight control service that we provide to local dog rescues.  Today’s focus is on Danny, the high-energy puppy-ish lab mix who is somewhat hard to handle. First Impres... »

Why Some Dogs May Need Help Staying Warm

Why Some Dogs May Need Help Staying Warm

I found this to be an informative piece on winter clothing for dogs. Responsible Pet Ownership Blog: Why Some Dogs Need Winter Coats to Stay Warm We often assume that our dog’s fur is enough to keep them warm despite the conditions.  But perhaps we should reconsider? According to  the author L... »

Senior Pets – Q & A

Senior Pets – Q & A

Here is a wonderful Q & A piece by Dr. Tony Johnson about Senior Pets. http://blog.sergeants.com/2013/01/18/senior-pets-2/   He makes note of the more common ailments of Senior pets including diabetes, cancer, kidney problems, and of course, arthritis.   Dental disease is also discussed.  D... »

Adopting an Adult Dog Will Make You Happy!

Adopting an Adult Dog Will Make You Happy!

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks This article points out several myths about adopting an older dog.  It is worth the read. http://dogtime.com/adopting-adult-dog.html We’re entering this post in the first Blog the Change for Animals Blog Hop today as this is a real CHANGE we can make for all... »

Senior Pets and Their Achy Joints

Senior Pets and Their Achy Joints

Oh My Aching Paw… I came across this article on senior dogs and their joints and thought it needed to be shared. http://dogingtonpost.com/helping-soothe-your-senior-dogs-aching-joints/ First and foremost, if you notice signs that your dog is having some difficulty getting around (or difficulty... »